This year was a trying year for me. Because some personal and familial difficulties, I hadn't drawn anything in months and I was starting to genuinely lose hope in my future as an artist. After surviving a huge move and an abusive job, I decided to give commissions another try - I wasn't having much luck, but one commissioner had enough confidence to give my art a try. He asked me to draw his friend in the style of a popular cartoon, which I happened to be a fan of. He was so wonderful to work with, and I produced a portfolio piece that I'm extremely proud of. Since that commission, I have been taking more gigs (even though times are still tough!), and I'm steadily en route to finally achieving my dream of working as an artist full time.